Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya is a contemporary Rabindrasangeet singer widely hailed in both her native Bangladesh and the Indian state of West Bengal.
On completing her training from Shanti Niketan, she became recognized as a master in the Visva Bharati style due to her clean rendition, impeccable accent, and her willingness to tackle even the most difficult and least popular songs.
She has traveled extensively and has cut numerous albums in many countries, most notably in Bangladesh andIndia . She also opened Shurer dhara, a school for learning music in Dhaka. In 2002 she was awarded the first Ananda Sangeet Puroshkar for being the best female Rabindra Sangeet artist, a feat she repeated the following year. She currently holds a faculty position in the Department of Theater and Music at the University of Dhaka.
In an exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service Bannaya talks about the new generation in the West and the popularity of Rabindra Sangeet.